Appalachian Review

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Appalachian Review
Fall 2021 cover
EditorJason Kyle Howard
Former editorsAlbert Stewart, Sidney Saylor Farr, Jim Gage, George Brosi
CategoriesLiterary magazine
FounderAlbert Stewart
Founded1973 (1973)
CompanyUniversity of North Carolina Press for Berea College
CountryUnited States
Based inChapel Hill, North Carolina

Appalachian Review, formerly known as Appalachian Heritage, is a literary quarterly that "showcases the work of emerging and established writers throughout Appalachia and beyond."[1]

Notable writers who have contributed to Appalachian Review include Harriette Simpson Arnow, Pinckney Benedict, Wendell Berry, Wiley Cash, Nikki Giovanni, bell hooks, Silas House, Fenton Johnson, Barbara Kingsolver, Maurice Manning, Jim Wayne Miller, Robert Morgan, Ann Pancake, Jayne Anne Phillips, Ron Rash, Lee Smith, James Still, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Neela Vaswani, Frank X Walker and Crystal Wilkinson.[2]

History and publication[edit]

Appalachian Review was founded in 1973 as Appalachian Heritage by mountain poet Albert Stewart at Alice Lloyd College. The magazine moved to the Hindman Settlement School in 1982. Berea College began sponsoring the magazine in 1985. It publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, craft essays, interviews, book reviews, and visual art. Material from the magazine has been widely anthologized in collections including New Stories from the South. Journal contributors include multiple Pushcart Prize nominees; recipients of the T.S. Eliot Award, the E.B White Award, and an O. Henry Prize; a National Book Award finalist; and a Pulitzer finalist.

From 2002 to 2012, each issue of the magazine focused on one author from the region, along with original work from other writers. Featured authors included Cormac McCarthy, Silas House, Crystal Wilkinson, Emma Bell Miles, Harriette Simpson Arnow, Ron Rash, Wilma Dykeman, and Karen Salyer McElmurray, among others, as well as special issues dedicated to African-American Appalachian writers and Eastern Band of the Cherokee members.[3]

Creative nonfiction writer and editor Jason Kyle Howard assumed editorship of Appalachian Review in November 2013.[4] Since then, the magazine has focused on showcasing the original work of both emerging and established writers throughout Appalachia and beyond. In an interview upon being named editor, Howard said, "I'm looking forward to preserving the legacy of the magazine's past editors, while also taking it to new places."[5]


  1. ^ "About Us". Appalachian Heritage. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  2. ^ "Appalachian Heritage". UNC Press. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  3. ^ "Bell native appointed editor of Appalachian Heritage". Middlesboro Daily News. Archived from the original on November 24, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  4. ^ Jay Buckner (November 11, 2013). "Author Jason Howard Named Editor of Appalachian Heritage Magazine at Berea College". BCnow. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "An interview with Jason Howard, new editor of Appalachian Heritage". Loyal Jones Appalachian Center. October 14, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.

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